Ethiopia’s Growing Challenge of Hate speech

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(Tesfai Hailu) “Hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbidden because it incites violence or prejudicial action … attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation.” “Incitement means encouraging or persuading […]

Potential Causes, Consequences of South Sudan becoming a “Failed State”

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Potential Causes and Consequences of South Sudan becoming a “Failed State”: Political and Legal Transformation from a Liberation Movement to a Democratic Government (First published in the book Legal Transformation in Northern Africa and South Sudan, (Published in August 2015 by Eleven International Publishing) by Mehari Taddele Maru[1] Abstract Oxymoronically described as a ‘pre-failed’ state, the […]

Will the protests of Gondar and Oromia help EPRDF quickly transform itself?

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Except for the willful blindness and deafness of the EPRDF, the causes of the growing discontent in Gondar, Amhara Region, and the now over eight months old Oromo Protests (#OromoProtests) are mere signs of long unaddressed and deeply seated major political and economic grievances. Any close and keen observer of […]

Nevsun, Atlantic Council and Corporate Interest In Eritrea

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After observing the attempts reading the New York Times article titled “It’s Bad in Eritrea, but Not That Bad”, I sensed something fishy and did little research on the possible connection between the Eritrean Regime, Nevsun Resources and the author’s institutional affiliation; i.e., The Atlantic Council. The author of that article, […]

ICRC still denied access to Maekelawi, Somali region [+video]

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Ethiopia continues to limit prison access of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), the head of delegation James Reynolds told HornAffairs in an exclusive interview. The ICRC delegation in Ethiopia is primarily focused on “protecting and assisting people detained, displaced or otherwise affected by armed conflicts.” In the past […]

Official report admits hundreds killed in Oromia, Amhara regions


The recent protests and clashes in Oromia and Amhara regions cost hundreds of lives, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) disclosed today. EHRC presented its long-awaited report to the parliament today. The protests in Oromia, which started in mid-November, engulfed the region for months. EHRC noted that the grievances underlying […]

UN Inquiry finds Crimes Against Humanity in Eritrea

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Geneva (8 June 2016) – Crimes against humanity have been committed in a widespread and systematic manner in Eritrean detention facilities, military training camps and other locations across the country over the past 25 years, according to a new report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, […]

Oromo students cannot sit for exam they never took classes and studied for!


Throughout Oromia, the teaching and learning processes have been interrupted for the last six months, starting November 12, 2015, to May 12, 2016, due to the nationwide ‪#‎OromoProtests. For over six months, the Oromo nation was/is mourning the killing of over 500 Oromos, and the unlawful detention of thousands of […]

UK Foreign Minister: Andargachew Tsege is not being ill-treated

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Press release of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom Andargachew Tsege’s case was top of the agenda when the Foreign Secretary visited Ethiopia on Wednesday 1 June 2016 Philip Hammond pressed for progress when he met both the Ethiopian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister. The Foreign Secretary secured […]

Ethiopia’s Oromo Problem: The Ministry of Culture is Just One Face of Many

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(Dr. Birhanemeskel Abebe Segni) According to Ethiopia’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, which is responsible for developing and promoting tourism in Ethiopia, Afaan Oromo, the third largest most widely spoken African language, and the single most widely spoken language in Ethiopia, is just one of the local indigenous languages one […]

Text of Ethiopia’s draft Computer Crime proclamation


Proclamation   No. ……/2016 A PROCLAMATION TO PROVIDE FOR THE COMPUTER CRIME WHEREAS information and communication technology plays a vital role in the economic, social and political development of the country; WHEREAS unless appropriate protection and security measures are taken, the utilization of information communication technology is vulnerable to various computer crimes […]

Breaking news| Ethiopia: 8 “highlanders” killed by South Sudanese refugees


South Sudanese refugees killed at least eight Ethiopians, around Gambella town, on Thursday, locals told HornAffairs. The incident was triggered after a refugee was killed by a car accident. The driver was identified as a highlander – a term broadly used to refer to residents who are neither from Nuer nor […]

Ethiopian troops combing 2 areas for abducted children, S.Sudan gunmen

''Ethiopian troops searching for Murle gunmen and abducted children in Gambella "Shentawa" area

Ethiopian troops are conducting broad area search at two locations close and inside South Sudan, HornAffairs learned from military sources. The army launched broad area search after South Sudanese gunmen attacked Ethiopia’s western region Gambella last Friday. The gunmen, mostly from Murle tribe, killed 182 people, injured several dozen, and […]

Two hundred killed in Ethiopia-South Sudan border areas 


An attack by South Sudanese men and Ethiopian retaliations have so far cost at least two hundred lives. Armed men from South Sudan Murle tribe killed hundreds yesterday after attacking three Woredas on Ethiopian’s western region Gambella. Ethiopian officials, who merely referred to the armed group as bandit, said 140 […]

Researcher: Hate, dangerous speech low among Ethiopian facebook users


Ethiopians’ discussion on facebook is much more nuanced than perceived to be, according to a team of researchers monitoring the social media. The lead researcher, Iginio Gagliardone, says the ratio of hate speech and dangerous speech is negligible. “Only 0.4% of statements in our sample have been classified as hate […]